ALLIANCE GUINEA CONDEMNS THE INTERCOMMUNITY VIOLENCE IN GUINEA AND INVITES ALL GUINEAN CITIZENS TO RETURN TO CALM AND RESTRAINT
For immediate and wide release
September 23, 2012 – Conakry and New York
The communal violence that erupted in Conakry on September 21, 2012 following a political demonstration demands attention from all Guineans both inside and outside the country as well as from the international community. These incidents have caused death and serious material damage and are all the more grave given their ethnic character that is opposing people who have been living side by side for generations. Alliance Guinea condemns these regrettable events. Instead of being belligerent or vengeful, we invite people to take a step back and renounce this violence that serves the interest of no person or community, nor of the nation as a whole.
In rejecting the cycle of violence, Alliance Guinea invites all citizens to promote dialogue to maintain peace. After 54 years of independence, Guinea should instead find recourse in peaceful and legal means. Republican institutions must play their role to ensure security and render justice. Finally, political, religious and opinion leaders must take responsibility to ensure that there are no more deaths in the name of defending the fledgling democracy in Guinea.
For more information contact:
Ousmane Ibrahima Bah, Country Director, Alliance Guinea – Conakry: ousmane [at] allianceguinea [dot] org
Jennifer Swift-Morgan, President, Alliance Guinea: jen [at] allianceguinea [dot] org
Alliance Guinea is a non-governmental, nonpartisan organization founded in 2009 in order to promote democracy, human rights, and unity in Guinea. Our unique worldwide forum is composed of Guineans and friends of Guinea of all nationalities and ethnicities united in their dedication to this mission. With headquarters in New York and Conakry, our approach is to share information and promote powerful citizen action across national and international networks, using new media and traditional values of respect for the common good. Anyone sharing our values and motivation is encouraged to join us as a member of Alliance Guinea. To learn more, please visit www.allianceguinea.org and http://www.facebook.com/groups/allianceguinea/.